Welcome to the second installment of The Blended Blog‘s fashion blog hop.
Over the next five weeks, we will be talking about transitioning our favorite summer pieces for fall. If you missed the first hop, it was hosted by Sheila at Making the Most of Every Day (the master mind behind this blog hop idea), Shaunacey from Confessions of Frumpy Mommy and Katie from The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life. They talked about taking white jeans, maxi dresses and striped dresses, respectively, from summer to fall.
Alison at Puppies and Pretties is getting us started for the today’s blog hop. If you have joined me from Alison’s blog, welcome. If you are starting here with me, be sure to take one hop backward to visit Alison, so you can check out her favorite transition piece. Then once you have visited here with me, please take a hop forward over to Sarah’s blog, Foxy’s Domestic Side, to see what she is sharing.
You might remember that one of my favorite summer outfits featured the lace tee. Not only did I admire that look on our very own Casey at A Little Bit of Cheer, but I went ga-ga over it on Pinterest, pinned it and tried to copy it myself paired with relaxed skinny jeans and heels. Check out that post here.
So when The Blended Blog-gers and I started talking about doing a transition series taking our favorite summer pieces into fall, a lace tee was the first thing I thought of.
And wouldn’t you know, Loft Outlet was one step ahead of me.
Check out these little cuties that awaited me when I started my summer-to-fall transition research at the Outlet Shoppes of El Paso.
Don’t those delicious colors just make your mouth water? They sure do mine. I bought a couple or four of these tees (and two long sleeved numbers) then began thinking how I would style them. I think the colors alone ‘read’ autumn but when paired with a scarf and colored denim, I knew I was on to a winning look.
I pulled out my colored jeans and laid them out with my new tees to get my color palette. Then I began combing through my scarves to find some that pulled each outfit top and bottom combination together.
Deep purple (not to be confused with the rock group of “Smoke on the Water” fame, for readers my age) with brown or burgundy denim. An icy blue tee with burgundy jeans. Tees (similar, similar) and jeans (similar) from Loft Outlet. Scarves from my closet and before that, Charming Charlie’s.
Here are some of the earth tones I love so much. Olive and brown colored jeans on the left and right, dusty mauve (hard to tell) in the middle. All from Loft or Loft Outlet. How ’bout that pumpkin colored tee? Can’t you almost smell the cinnamon and cloves and taste that pie and whipped cream? Scarves from Charming Charlie’s and Loft Outlet.
Ok, I started writing the first half of this post on Saturday evening and it is now Sunday…no, I didn’t write on it all night.
I pleaded with PC to be my photographer so that I wouldn’t have to post pictures taken with my iPhone in the reflection of my skinny mirror. Earlier in the week, I told him about all of the other hubbies who photograph their wives’ OOTD, and he brought home a tripod for me so I could try to take pictures with our camera using the timer. Super sweet but that is going to take some practice.
I finally convinced PC to help me today and then I will get on that tripod business this week.
I knew that the window of PC’s cooperation would not remain open indefinitely so I jumped in and out of three outfits as quickly as I could and we snapped pictures with great abandon – 3 minutes per outfit during commercials on NFL Sunday afternoon football games.
Here’s the first outfit.
My pants are not-so-skinny curvy, skinny jeans. I feel so self-conscious if my skinny jeans are skin-tight. So these are more like my own skin, kind of loose and saggy.
Here’s an upclose and personal look at my accessories because I know you are dying to see them that way.
Charming Charlie’s scarf, jewelry and watch, Payless booties.
When I was at Loft Outlet doing my lace tee shopping, I came across some long-sleeved versions that I liked. Two of them came home with me. I pulled out my new Merona military vest from Target (similar) and tried it out with the lace. I like that kind of unexpected play between masculine and feminine pieces.
I pulled out my boot cut jeans from last winter for these looks.
This was PC’s favorite and he started kind of enjoying his gig as fashion photographer. He suggested I try several poses.
My boots were an anniversary present from my sweet Prince Charming. They are Coral Circle G brand in chocolate crackle leather with bone embroidery, and that’s a mouth full. These are Liverpool jeans in a Sadie straight leg cut (exact). PC said he liked these jeans a lot. Guess I need to move them to the front of the closet!
My photog wanted our kitties to be a part of the action so I give you Purrsimmony and Purrsnickitty.
Actually, a little bit of Simmony and Snickitty makes its way onto every outfit and into every picture. Their fur is everywhere. I had to crop the picture below in order to cut off a long gray kitty fur that was planted on my jeans. Wonder why I can’t see it when I am taking the pictures but it is so obvious when I look at the pictures later. I probably go around El Paso looking like a woolly mammoth and don’t even realize it.
Oh, my gosh! I see I didn’t crop the fur out of this picture after all. See it? Right there by my great grandmother’s turquoise bracelet. Turquoise earrings from wine fest. Scarf from Charming Chuck’s.
Moving right along, you might have seen the picture I posted on Facebook and Instagram of this outfit. I unabashedly begged Loft Outlet to give me this outfit because I would love wearing it sooooo well. Heck, I only need the duster and the tee, I have my own jeans. Well, and maybe that necklace.
My pleading fell on deaf ears.
I wound up buying the long-sleeved tee but passing on the sweater and necklace. The burnout fabric in this tee is so softy.
In preparation for this post, I remembered a sweater I had purchased a half-dozen falls ago, that is something like this great duster. So, I put it together with the dust-y pink tee and here’s what I came up with.
Guess I could pin a ruffle on it. (I don’t sew)
Yeah, not so much, huh?
I think I might have to go back to Loft Outlet to visit the duster again, right after payday.
But hey, my neck looks pretty fair in these pics today. Can’t really see my scar and my double chin is just a single.
These jeans are high waist, curvy, skinnies from Loft (exact, similar). Gotta love the high waist. So, so, so glad that we have moved away from those HORRIBLE low-rise jeans that were popular about ten years ago. You know, that whole plumber look. A whole lot of my behind hanging out from the gap between my tee and the “waist” of my jeans never looked good but would look even worse these days.
The booties are from Payless. Faux pearls from Charming Charlie’s.
And with that, it has been about 24 hours since I started putting this post together. Wish I got paid by the hour. Hey, wait. Wish I got paid. Period.
Then I could afford that duster at Loft Outlet.
Thanks so much for joining me for this blog hop. Because I’ve been hopping since yesterday afternoon, I am going to sit down now, maybe even lay down (lie down?) and watch some TV. More football. Both of my fantasy football teams are winning this week. Life is good.
Please hop over to visit Alison and Sarah and link up your favorite transition look below. Then mark your calendars for next Monday’s blog hop post featuring three more of
The Blended Blog-gers, make that The Blended Blog-HERS! See what I did there?
Hugs and kisses,